Exploring what is possibly the world's first railway tunnel?

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  1. RetroGamerVX

    RetroGamerVX New Member

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    Hi all,

    I've made a YouTube video documenting the Hog Hill Tunnel in Stanhope, England, which some consider to be the world's first railway tunnel.

    Please take a look and leave a comment if you wish. More of these to come :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtHLqOSjrsE

    Regards,

    Steve
     
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  3. DaveNewcastle

    DaveNewcastle Established Member Fares Advisor

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    Hog Hill Tunnel is on the Stanhope and Tyne Railway's very steep Crawleyside Incline climbing north out of Stanhope.
    I can't comment on the tunnel being the worlds first, but the date over the southern portal is 1833, and the railway opened the following year. I found that the hand-held camera was shaking around so much that the video was unenjoyable to watch and wonder if a series of still pictures might have been clearer if camera stabilisation wasn't available.
     
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    I fear that Tyler Hill tunnel on the Canterbury and Whitstable railway, opened in 1830 is older.

    Then there's Strood tunnel, which still carries trains, although to be fair, it was originally built for a canal in 1828 I believe.
     
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    Not at all what I expected - this is comic genius! More please.
     
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    the Dundee & Newtyle Railway opened, partly in 1831 with the Law Tunnel through the Dundee Law opening in 1832.
     
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